Each year, at the Annual Conference of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers, a competition is held for the best technical paper from an Industrial and Systems engineering undergraduate program. The technical paper is typically a report of the accomplishments of the students senior design project, presented by a member of the student team who worked on the project. To be eligible to compete the team must first win the regional competition held at the Regional Annual IISE meeting.
In March, two Rutgers student teams competed in the Northeast Region competition. The teams won first and second place. First place went to Gabriel Borger and Jane Pruszkowski for their project titled "Delivery Network Management for Autonomous Vehicles." This project developed mathematics and algorithmic designs to optimize and revolutionize the millennia-old delivery system. Professor W. Grace Guo advised the student team. Second place went to Ryan Lamantia, Lana Sharp, Mark Trevena and Zoe Zyvith for their project titled "Highly Intelligent Mobile Tennis Ball Collector." The team designed and built a mobile robot that could identify the location of tennis balls on a practice court using machine vision and efficiently collect them for deposit at a central location. Professor Mohsen Jafari advised the student team.
The first place team will compete against eleven other regions, including Canada and Mexico, for national recognition at the Annual Conference in May, 2018.